Olive and Tomato Focaccia

Olive and Tomato FocacciaI was recently sent a great little cookbook called The I love Trader Joe’s College Cookbook. You don’t have to be in college to enjoy this cookbook because it’s filled with quick, easy, and inexpensive recipes using Trader Joe’s products. If you read my blog you know I LOVE Trader Joe’s and I use many of their products on a daily basis. I found this recipe while perusing the cookbook and couldn’t wait to make it. This recipe is simple, quick, and it uses very few ingredients. I adapted it by using homemade Three Olive Tapenade instead buying some (it’s so easy to make and I had all the ingredients on hand). This will be on our table many times in the future because we all loved it.

Olive and Tomato Focaccia:
Adapted recipe by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by The I love Trader Joe’s College Cookbook by Andrea Lynn


  • Pizza dough, at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (more if needed)
  • 3-4 tbsp Three Olive Tapenade (or store bought)
  • Roma tomato, sliced thinly
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Olive and Tomato Focaccia

Open the pizza dough and place it on a floured surface for 20 minutes. Make the tapenade unless you are using store bought.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat a 8×12 glass baking dish with a bit of olive oil and spread around the dish. Season the dish with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.

Gently need the dough a few times then stretch the dough out with your fingers and place it into the baking dish, pressing the dough down into the bottom of the dish. Use your fingers to punch tiny indentations into the top of the dough. Drizzle more olive oil on top of the dough then spread the tapenade evenly over the top, next layer tomato slices Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.

Olive and Tomato Focaccia

Bake until the focaccia is puffy and golden, 25-30 minutes. Cut into pieces and serve. Enjoy.

Olive and Tomato Focaccia


Click here for a printable version of this recipe – For the Love of Cooking.net


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50 Responses to “Olive and Tomato Focaccia”

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    Zazuza's Gulaschsuppe — August 26, 2011 @ 6:16 am

    looks awesome & delicious!


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    Sarah A. — August 26, 2011 @ 6:35 am

    that looks yum. must try it someday. btw, if i haven't commented before, i really like your blog and often search it for recipes and have made a few that turned out well 🙂


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    peachkins — August 26, 2011 @ 7:52 am

    The beautiful bread is perfect for soup!


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    The Duo Dishes — August 26, 2011 @ 7:52 am

    That pizza dough is perfect for sandwiches too. If you slice up the foccacia, it works like a charm. Delish!


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    Food, Fun and Life in the Charente — August 26, 2011 @ 7:59 am

    Love these sort of meals. Yummy, Diane


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    Big Dude — August 26, 2011 @ 8:20 am

    Another use for that great tapenade


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    Debbie — August 26, 2011 @ 11:01 am

    Love it because it looks delicious and so easy to make. I am a "frequent flyer" at Trader Joe's!!!


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    The Café Sucré Farine — August 26, 2011 @ 11:07 am

    I love all of these flavors, sounds wonderful


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    Anazar — August 26, 2011 @ 11:21 am

    This focacia looks very, very tasty!!


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    Kirsteen — August 26, 2011 @ 11:29 am

    Looks so yummy!


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    Anonymous — August 26, 2011 @ 11:39 am

    I love Trader Joe's,and I use their pizza crust all the time-it's really good. This looks like a great new way to use their dough!

    Kim in MD


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    Mrs Bent — August 26, 2011 @ 11:46 am

    this looks so good i cant wait to try it


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    Lisa@Pickles and Cheese — August 26, 2011 @ 12:46 pm

    Wow that looks so good! I made a tomato tart last week and now I am wondering why I didn't add some olives to it!! I just found my favorite pizza dough recipe earlier this week. Your post today was great timing for me!


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    Jenn — August 26, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

    I have got to stop coming here so early in the morning.. once again I'll be day dreaming about your food all day while I'm at work!! I just know this tasted amazingly good!


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    PeggyR — August 26, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

    That looks yummy! I don't mind the rain too much when it comes, but can do without the storms!


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    Meaghan O'Connor @ My Spoonful of Inspiration — August 26, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

    I love anything made with focaccia! 🙂 Yum! Kind of like a healthier version of pizza.


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    Gloria — August 26, 2011 @ 2:35 pm

    Pam all your recipes are amazing, I love focaccia, gloriaa


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    ~~louise~~ — August 26, 2011 @ 2:59 pm

    I may just be making this for dinner tonight. I would never have thought to use pizza dough. I am thrilled to discover this, although, I don't know why I never thought of it myself. Thank goodness you mentioned it.

    I gave a Trader Joe book to my daughter-in-law. Now, I'm curious if this is the same one.

    Thanks for sharing, Pam


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    Linda — August 26, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

    I love Trader Joe's too!! And this looks delicious and so easy!!


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    Happy Cook / Finla — August 26, 2011 @ 3:28 pm

    Beautiful and yumm. I can imagien the flavour.


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    Suman Singh — August 26, 2011 @ 3:36 pm

    I love focaccia, and this looks amazing and so delicious..nice and easy recipe..


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    What's Cookin' with Mary? — August 26, 2011 @ 4:05 pm

    What a fun cookbook. I love recipes that only need a few ingredients. Makes it less overwhelming!


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    Barefeet In The Kitchen — August 26, 2011 @ 5:18 pm

    Oh very cool! I wanted to check out that cookbook. It sounds great.


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    Joanne — August 26, 2011 @ 6:12 pm

    This reminds me of the pizza I made a last week! So I know it must be delicious.


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    Amish Stories — August 26, 2011 @ 7:21 pm

    Greetings from the Amish community of Lebanon,Pa.And watch-out folks for Irene if you live in the east coast. Richard from Amish Stories.


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    Marjie — August 26, 2011 @ 9:02 pm

    There's no Trader Joes here, but thanks for reminding me how wonderful focaccia is!


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    krista — August 27, 2011 @ 12:50 am

    Wow – this looks so gourmet. I'd probably put some sauce drizzled on top. I'm 23 and moving out on my own in a week or two – this is the kind of food I'd like to cook for myself…


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    Susan Lindquist — August 27, 2011 @ 1:14 am

    I love focaccia … such an easy dough and the options for herbs and toppings are endless! This tomato/olive topping is classic! Great job whetting MY appetite!


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    Mabel's Labels Coupon Code — August 27, 2011 @ 1:27 am

    I love this recipe- makes me hungry every time!! lol!


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    Words Of Deliciousness — August 27, 2011 @ 1:54 am

    This recipe looks great. I have never made focaccia, I am going to have to try it.


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    Angela — August 27, 2011 @ 4:02 am

    That looks so delicious! 🙂



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    Rosita Vargas — August 27, 2011 @ 4:05 am

    Pam looks absolutely beautiful and exquisite, hugs.


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    Honey — August 27, 2011 @ 4:07 am

    i loveeeeeeeeeee olives. and i loveeeeeeeeeeeee olives with Italian. so so so good!


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    Jacqueline — August 27, 2011 @ 7:09 am

    That looks gorgeous. I just want to reach in and tear a piece off.


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    Stef@ — August 27, 2011 @ 7:54 am

    looks so good!!!Gnam gnam!!
    Have a nice weekend!


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    Mrs Bent — August 27, 2011 @ 2:34 pm

    Hi Pam, another great recipe and fantastic pics, I'm really looking forward to making some of this x


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    Pam — August 27, 2011 @ 6:13 pm

    Pam, it looks like a perfect meal to me! Have a good weekend!


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    Andrea@WellnessNotes — August 27, 2011 @ 8:47 pm

    Great dish and great cookbook! I think I'll look for it for my son in college! 🙂


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    Isabel — August 27, 2011 @ 9:06 pm

    Fantastic! Love the recipe and the blog. As a cooking blogger myself, I really appreciate the quality and level of detail in your posts. They are a fun and informative read and I can hardly wait to try some of your recipes myself. Keep up the great work!


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    Kerstin — August 28, 2011 @ 12:57 am

    What a cool cookbook – sounds perfect for when you need a quick meal. I love their pizza dough – looks delicious!


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    recipes101 — August 28, 2011 @ 8:02 am

    Great homeade pizza recipe. Every monday we try and spend time as a family. I think we will try making a pizza together as family on this coming monday. Great recipe!!


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    Food Glorious Food! — August 28, 2011 @ 2:38 pm

    Always love a no fuss recipe 🙂 Thanks for sharing and have a great week ahead!


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    teresa — August 28, 2011 @ 4:06 pm

    i have got to find that cookbook, it sounds right up my alley, as does this bread!


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    Pam — August 28, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

    i am not a big olive fan. However, the overall recipe sounds scrumptious. The crust is great and I adore tomatoes. What might be a replacement for olives do you think that would retain the integrity of the recipe?


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    WizzyTheStick — August 28, 2011 @ 4:33 pm

    This looks so crusty and chewy and good and perfect for dinner


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    Parsley Sage — August 28, 2011 @ 6:38 pm

    Oh man, that looks so delicious. I love it when focaccia has olives in it. Wonderful combo 🙂


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    fittingbackin — August 28, 2011 @ 8:43 pm

    YUM! Now if only I can get Austin to like olives. hmmmm. 🙂


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    Chris — August 29, 2011 @ 12:55 am


    You shall no more tease me with your "I was at Trader Joe's today…" posts.

    Last week, it became official:




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    Katie — August 29, 2011 @ 3:35 am

    I love Trader Joe's! (And every ingredient in this recipe!) Yum.


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    Hazel — August 30, 2011 @ 5:47 pm

    Ah I can't believe I never came across this book when I was living in California. It was my favourite place to shop! One of the only places in the area where I lived that made a decent hummus. Great simple recipe!


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